Category Archives: 1. People

George Corbin, SVP of Digital at Marriott International

In this interview, George Corbin, Senior Vice President of Digital for Marriott International, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Marriott’s place among the highest revenue earners by a digital channel
  • The maturity curve and the challenge of disruption for incumbent companies
  • Advantages that incumbents have over startups in evolving industries
  • Disrupting your own organization
  • The millennial mindset that spans across multiple age demographics
  • Marriott’s transformation of the service experience
  • Leading and managing a transforming organization
  • The impact of Airbnb on the hospitality industry
  • Adapting across an organization to fundamental shifts in customers’ needs and expectations
  • The influence of culture and existing operating models on a company’s management of digital disruption
  • Marriott’s embracement of the localization of the travel experience
  • Characteristics of a successful Chief Digital Officer
  • Building alliances and coalitions to drive and support change
  • Using pilot programs to de-risk change for internal and external partners
  • Messaging as a service, not marketing

Mike Keller, CIO at Nationwide

In this interview, Mike Keller, CIO of Nationwide, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Nationwide’s One-Brand alignment
  • IT’s role in Nationwide’s initiatives to simplify, modernize, and reinvent their core businesses
  • Optimizing for both business intimacy and economies of scale
  • Vendor goverance
  • Workforce planning for developing and transitioning team members for evolving organizations
  • The opportunities provided by a long tenure as CIO
  • Leadership strategies for creating an environment of learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • Executive development and internal rotational development
  • Columbus 2020: a private/public partnership to encourage economic development
  • Eye on the trends: autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, smart mobility

Board-Level CIO Series Summary in Forbes

This summary page provides access to the multi-part Board-Level CIO series in Forbes
The Board-Level CIO series in Forbes explores what the CIOs at some of the world’s most recognizable firms did that led to inclusion of the CIO seat at the organization’s board

Rick King, EVP and CIO of Thomson Reuters

In this interview, Rick King, EVP & CIO of Thomson Reuters, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The role of the CIO in an information based company
  • Recruiting and retaining talent
  • Providing employees with opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Leading with the mindset of a teacher or coach
  • Proven techniques for increasing the presence of women in all levels of an organization
  • Veteran advice for technologists seeking a board position
  • The benefits of involving CIOS when developing strategic partnerships
  • Creating symbiotic relationships with partners to drive and support growth and innovation

Tom Miller, CIO at Anthem

In this interview, Tom Miller, CIO of Anthem, discusses World Class IT Principle One and Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Transferring knowledge and leadership skills across departments and industries
  • Operating from a master plan to increase agility and support success
  • The importance of customer-centricity both internally and externally
  • Digital trends in healthcare
  • The creation, design, and staffing of Anthem’s Innovation Studio
  • Encouraging innovation and creating value by balancing freedom and a rigorous methodology

Norm Fjeldheim, CIO and Head of Global Facilities at Illumina

In this interview, Norm Flejdeim, CIO and Head of Global Facilities at Illumina, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure, and World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

• Multiple management and organizational roles for CIOs
• Cyber Security
• Marriage of technology and facilities
• Collaboration between employees and divisions
• Workplace of the future
• First 100 days
• Eye on the trends:DevOps

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The CIO’s First 100 Days Series Summary in Forbes

This summary page provides access to the multi-part CIO’s First 100 Days series in Forbes
The CIO’s First 100 Days series in Forbes explores what the CIOs at some of the world’s most recognizable firms did, and what they could have done differently at the onset of their tenure.

Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises

In this interview, Mike Giresi, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, Principle Two, IT Infrastructure, Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Digital Transformation journey at Royal Caribbean
  • Importance of Executive sponsorship for IT
  • Role of CIO to as an interconnector between Enterprise strategy and IT implementation
  • Value of technology from a customer point of view
  • IT’s ability to gain customer feedback in a B2C organization
  • The needs of Data management and analytics
  • Implications of shadow IT
  • Bleeding technology trends for IT
  • Relevance of cross functional teams to help push innovation within IT forward

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta
Peter High interviews Mark Settle, CIO of Okta. They discuss the importance of setting up talented teams with strong leaders without creating single points of failure; how financial management within IT helps build credibility with various business functions; how IT should build towards non-transactional relationships with business partners to influence collaboration; and how IT helps Okta to build and leverage relationships with CIOs at different companies, as well as a variety of other topics.

Rob Nail, Chief Executive Officer of Singularity University

Rob Nail, CEO of Singularity University
Peter High interviews Rob Nail, CEO of Singularity University. They discuss the accelerating pace of technology progress, why current frameworks are insufficient for keeping pace with these changes and the need for creative, long-term thinking, how corporations can take advantage of new technologies and shift to an abundance mindset, among a variety of other topics.